Joey Barton has gone on the attack against the quality of English football in an interview with the BBC.
Barton, now at QPR, singled out Wayne Rooney mentality in comparison to that of Cristiano Ronaldo to highlight the failings in English football.
Barton yapped “we get sucked into the hype of the Premier League. Our players are not world class. Because they play with world class players we get told they are better than what they are.”
Barton then singled out Manchester United’s #10 for particular mention, pinning Wayne Rooney up against Cristiano Ronaldo in an examination of why English footballers with top talent underperform. For Barton the reasons are in the head, not in the feet.
Rooney potentially could have been world class. But then you look at Rooney, and I love Wayne Rooney… look at his approach, look at his mentality compared to Cristiano Ronaldo. Polar opposites.
If it was on talent alone, for Rooney is better than (Ronaldo). Butv Ronaldo has honed it. And the gulf every year has got further and further apart.
In a second interview with BBC 5 Live radio, Barton added “Why does Ronaldo achieve what he achieves and Rooney doesn’t? When you see Wayne Rooney smoking cigarettes, does he live his life correctly?”
Watch Joey Barton slam English footballers as not “world class”, and single out Man United’s Wayne Rooney above.